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Collaborative Contracting

Date:   Sep 22, 2021
Time:   10:00 AM (CDT)
Location:   Western Canada



In order to succeed in today’s hyper-competitive and global business environment, organizations must engage in a continuous struggle to find new and better ways to create and preserve value for themselves and their customers. Support functions within these organizations and in particular, the procurement, contracting, and project management groups are well-positioned to aid – and even lead - the effort. Specifically, they can move to overcome traditionally adversarial business practices and systems that tend to damage commercial relationships and often destroy value - and replace them with highly productive, collaboration practices and systems that optimize commercial relationships and generate and sustain value.


By attending this workshop, participants will:

  • Learn how to use key collaboration principles and practices to create value for your organization
  • Become familiar with a range of existing collaborative procurement and contracting methods and how they create value in a variety of industries and geographies;
  • Understand the process for successfully transitioning from traditionally adversarial procurement and contracting processes and systems to their collaborative equivalents;
  • Be able to confidently overcome objections to, and make the “opportunity case” for collaboration – and drive positive change within your organization.

5 Credits


$425 Members | $495 Non-members


Session 1: Sept 22, 2021,                       10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. CT

Session 2Sept 29, 2021,                       10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. CT


Experience in procurement, contracting, commercial, and project management would be beneficial to participants. Collaborative contracting is often attractive to practitioners who have experience with other methods and are looking for something new.


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As a value add for this workshop, you are invited to participate in an online community component, which has been established alongside the workshop.  

The community will give you and the other workshop participants an opportunity to build relationships with each other, navigate challenges together, and bring each one of you that much closer to your goal of mastering collaborative contracting, together. 

The community has a name – it is called the Collaborative Contracting Community

Its mission: 

To bring together people of diverse backgrounds who have had an experience with traditional, adversarial contracting - and came away from it with a desire to use a different contracting approach - one that is collaborative and relationships-based - to welcome them into a community of like-minded individuals and enable them with expertise, methods and tools; to build up the collaborative contracting capability of individuals and organizations and harness its power for co-creating amazing and unexpected new sources of value. 

To join - just click on this link, it will only take a minute.



Venerus Advisory Partners

Richard is the Founder and Principal at Venerus Advisory Partners (“VAP”), an advisory firm (established in 2011) with a goal of helping its clients have more positive, productive and profitable relationships. VAP combines the storied expertise of its partners with the application collaborative approaches to the management of projects and relationships.

Richard has over 20 years of experience in procurement, contracting and commercial management in a diverse set of industries, including construction. He is a qualified (now recovering) lawyer, certified in Construction Law and holds an MBA from the Schulich School of Business. He also is professionally trained or certified in a number of related disciplines: Project Management, Change Management, Contract Administration, Adult Learning and Development, Mediation, Arbitration - and the unique ISO standard 44001 for Collaborative Working.

Richard is a national instructor for the Supply Chain Canada, the de facto standard for SCM training in Canada – and a leading contributor to the Construction Owners Association of Alberta (COAA) Collaborative Contracting Best Practice.

Richard is a driving force behind the adoption of collaborative procurement and contracting methods in Western Canada.  As such, VAP has just recently founded the Collaborative Contracting Community. You are welcome to join!


Refund Policy

Registrants will receive a full refund to courses cancelled by Supply Chain Canada, Manitoba Institute.

Registrants who have received written acceptance into a course and provided written notice to Supply Chain Canada, Manitoba Institute of their withdrawal from the course 14 days prior to the first day of class, will be provided a full refund. After 14 days, refunds will not be granted.

If you would like to withdraw from a course please send an e-mail to You are required to inform the Manitoba Institute of your intent as soon as possible. Clearly state your intention to withdraw and provide authorization for us to proceed

Partner Information

Venerus Advisory Partners is a strategic advisory firm that specializes in helping progressive clients boost revenue, capture savings, build relationships, solve problems and secure competitive advantage through the application of collaborative commercial transaction practices.


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